In March, as the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., Walmart introduced temporary safety measures. Among them were reduced store hours and a special senior shopping hour. Now, the retailer has announced that the senior shopping hour, which is the hour before the stores open to the rest of the public, will remain in effect indefinitely, allowing shoppers over the age of sixty to shop in cleaner, less crowded stores. The response to the measure has not been entirely positive, with some senior shoppers saying that the 6 to 7 AM window is too early.
“As for operating hours, right now our priority is making additional services available (auto care center, vision center, etc.) as it is safe to do so,” Walmart said. “After that we’ll decide the best approach to expanding hours.”